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A terraced agricultural field in China, seen from a neighboring hillside.
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China: Its Environment and History

China’s recorded history extends back thousands of years, affording us an uncommonly long view of the relationship between humans and their natural environment.

Posted: April 8, 2013
Jefferson's sketch of the new capital district, March 1791, Library of Congress
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Building America from Scratch

In a letter, Thomas Jefferson declared that the United States is an experiment “to shew whether man can be trusted with self-government.” Jefferson’s deeds followed his lofty words. During the summer of 1802, amid the possibility of war against the Barbary Coast and uncertainty about Napoleon’s intentions in New Orleans, Jefferson devoted himself to the construction of the national capital.

Posted: November 5, 2012
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Research Division Evaluates the Impact of its Fellowships Program

In academic circles, it’s common to hear it said that a professor “got an NEH.”  What is meant by this shorthand is that a faculty member was awarded an NEH Fellowship. 

Posted: October 11, 2012
Édouard Manet's Impressionist portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé reading a book.
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What Use is a Book?

Readers debate, often with angst, about where the printed book will fit into an increasingly digital future. These 21st-Century discussions wrestle with the question: what use is a book? The Book as Instrument looks to the past, to another time when the future of the book was in question, for answers to our present dilemma.

Posted: October 3, 2012
Portrait of John Adams as Vice President
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The Education of a Statesman

The latest volume of the Adams Papers, one of the largest long-running editorial projects currently supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, opens a window on the development of American self-government and on the education of a statesman.

Posted: September 13, 2012
Arjuna and Krishna in a battle chariot against a gold background
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The Afterlife of the Bhagavad Gita

Richard Davis is exploring the "rich interpretive afterlife" of the Bhagavad Gita (“The Song of the Lord”).  Written over 2000 years ago, this eighteen-chapter poem presents a conversation between a warrior-prince, Arjuna, and his friend and charioteer, Krishna.

Posted: January 17, 2012
Marchers in Algiers convey a body to its grave in 16th Century
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Captured by Pirates

From his prison cell a Portuguese priest documented the mixing of cultures, languages, and religions in 16th-century Algiers. A new NEH-supported translation of his writing captures a city at the crossroads of civilizations.

Posted: December 6, 2011
carved stone hieroglyphs on Mayan tomb wall
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Royal Mayan Tomb Discovered

NEH-supported archaeologists led by Stephen Houston of Brown University have discovered an undisturbed tomb of an ancient Maya king in El Zotz, Guatemala. The major find was announced jointly by Brown University and Guatemala Ministry of Culture, which authorized the work.

Posted: June 30, 2011
Black and white photo of Mark Twain
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100 Years Later, Mark Twain's Autobiography

The NEH-funded Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley, publishes to great acclaim Volume 1 of The Autobiography of Mark Twain (University of California Press, 2010), 100 years after the death of its iconic author.

Posted: June 29, 2011
Medieval color illumination: a master Huntsman trains a class of 6 men
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Dressing Up (and Down) in the Middle Ages

The NEH-supported Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands, 1325-1515 takes a sartorial look at medieval history.

Posted: June 22, 2011